Don’t look now, but the Internet’s comfortable infrastructure as you’ve known it is about to change drastically, hopefully in a very positive way. By 2020, more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected according to ABI Research, in a manner referred to as The Internet of Things (IoT). As that happens, some point to a new level of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, but even that can feel somewhat limiting. Because what we’ll continue to see during this evolution won’t be just about mere communication but a number of interconnected applications with automated behaviors.
The Car That Could Drive Itself
Take the self-driving car project that Google has been working on for several years, for example. Utilizing an array of data from sensors and radar, Google’s prototypical vehicle can be driven without a steering wheel, pedals or any form of human involvement.
Unrealistic? Light years away? That’s what the California Department of Motor Vehicles thought as well, but based on the pace of development at Google and the promise of a potentially safer driving experience for the elderly or disabled, the DMV is now writing regulations for automated cars. So when the driverless car becomes a reality, compliance matters will be less likely to hold it back from officially hitting the road.
IT Talent Needed Heavily To Bridge Gap
So what could hold back some of these advances? For one, a lack of talent with the proper IT networking skills to maintain network security. Think about the large amounts of data being shared between devices to live up to the promise of IoT. In such a structure of seamless connectivity, a security breach poses a threat not to one part of the network but so many other areas of concern.
Beyond security, the high level of integration will call for a workforce that knows not only how to extract more data than ever but also understand the greater context of how that data can be used in an organization. It’s one thing to have “Big Data,” but what does all that data tell us in the way of business insight? What implications does it have for our customers and new product development?
Based on surveys of talent occupying the IT and engineering space, Cisco has predicted that 220,000 new engineers will be needed globally every year for the next 10 years to keep up with the page of change involved with this convergence.
It’s an incredible skills demand but at ISG, we also see it as a marvelous opportunity for those in IT who have a passion for understanding the vast potential of The Internet of Things in which network infrastructures, companies and industries could evolve phenomenally. After all, the challenge of having greater amounts of integrated data can become a competitive advantage when addressed with people who bring the idea skill set to protect and interpret that data. And that could go a long way toward helping businesses make sense of a world that’s becoming astoundingly more connected.
If it sounds like a conversation about your company’s talent level worth having now rather than later, your instincts are absolutely right. Call ISG today at 1.630.858.8500.
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